Thursday 22 March 2018

Massive achievement for Ireland women

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

On Friday night in magnificent Dubarry Park and in reinvigorated Temple Hill, the Ireland U-20s and Ireland Club sides did the game here proud.

But the most stunning result came in Ashbourne on Saturday afternoon. Ireland Women 25, England Women 0 – the scoreline took the breath away.

Under Philip Doyle (above), whose commitment to the development of the ladies game at the highest level has been unremitting for close on 20 years, this was the stuff of dreams against a team Ireland had never beaten and who have won the Six Nations for the last seven years in a row.

For Doyle, Greg McWilliams, Fiona Coghlan, Alison Miller (daughter of Laois football legend Bobby) and all those involved in a landmark day for Irish rugby, what an incredible shot in the arm for Ireland Women and the further development of the female game on this island.

With two wins from two, opportunity now knocks for a first ever championship and, without wishing to heap too much pressure, perhaps with it Triple Crown and Grand Slam.

A massive well done to everyone concerned as both the full and Sevens version of women's rugby continues to go from strength to strength.

Irish Independent

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